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Now, I am crazy about pancakes. My Mother loved pancakes, too, and I inherited an electric fry pan dedicated to pancake making. Yes, an electric fry pan my Mom received as a wedding gift in the '50's has hardly ever been used for anything other than pancakes. I don't have to oil it or anything, something I find wrong about too many pancakes is that they can be almost greasy! Remember, you're not frying them, you're sort of baking them one side at a time! Here's my Mom's easy pancake recipe: in a large bowl mix 2 cups flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons sugar. In a small bowl mix 2 eggs, 1 3/4 cups milk, 1/4 cup oil like canola or corn (olive oil has too much flavor). Make a well in the dry ingredients, add the wet, mix. We make a smaller pancake, one scoop of batter from a soup spoon, comes out about 3 inches across. The recommended setting on the electric fry pan is 380 degrees, about medium high. Cook the first side until bubbles are coming through - about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook the second side about 1 to 2 minutes. I, like my Mother, keep a small pot of water simmering on the stove with a bowl on top; this keeps the early pancakes warm until I'm finished the batch.
Both these producers are tapping Manitoba maples, also called boxelder, botanically Acer negundo. Linda is also tapping Silver maples, Acer saccharinum. If you're interested in some of this great product, you can follow Aagaard Farms on Facebook or Twitter, and I'll let you know when Hiltje will be back at the Friday Night Farmers Market. Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org! If you're in Manitoba, if you're interested in eating local and supporting small producers you've got to try this stuff! Or how about tapping your own trees this next Spring?